New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro (R) came to the defense of Donald Trump on Tuesday for his remarks regarding the family of slain US Army Capt. Humayun Khan.
Speaking to Khan’s father, Khizr, Baldasaro told WBIN-TV, “You disgraced your son, who died as a hero. You used him as a political pawn to go after a candidate who you never met.”
Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala appeared at the Democratic National Convention last week to criticize the Republican presidential candidate for proposing a ban on Muslim immigration into the US. Trump responded in part by arguing that the captain’s father had “no right” to do so on a national stage.
“Donald Trump has every right to challenge Mr. Khan, because his personal agenda overruled his son being a warrior,” said Baldasaro, who advises Trump on veteran affairs. “That’s a shame that he did that.”
The lawmaker, who said last month that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton “should be put in the firing line and shot for treason,” also indulged in anti-Muslim rhetoric to defend Trump.
“All of [Khan’s] fellow brothers want to kill Americans,” he said. “Whether we like it or not, we have to wake up. They’re here in our country, and who’s next?”
Watch the interview, as posted online, below.
Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’
On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.
"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."
The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.
Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE
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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.